Today we’d like to introduce you to Teresa Anne Volgenau.
Teresa Anne Volgenau (www.TAVolgenau.com), a Boulder, Colorado native, has always been an artist. Her extensive and diverse career in the performing arts has spanned over 25 years and has taken her from California to New York City, and through Europe and South America. (www.TeresaAnneVolgenau.com) She is known best as a dancer/performer, instructor for The Joffrey Ballet, and she has also worked extensively as a choreographer and actress. Since her youth, Teresa has been inspired by fine art and has had a passion and talent for drawing. Over the years, she found herself carrying around a sketch pad wherever she went, be it on the subway, the coffee shop, or in between performances, she was always drawing. By 2016 Teresa felt it was time to retire from her stage career and pursue her passion and desire as a visual artist. Working in acrylics and inks, preferring clean lines and shapes, pressing boundaries with color and skin tones, and aggressive with details, she has developed a unique representational style that reflects her experience in dance and as well as a poetic connection to the metaphysics. She welcomes you to indulge in slices of her history, passionate wanderings, and her unwavering commitment to create.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Every day as a performing artist or as a visual artist presents challenges. This is the journey creatives must embrace, and must find a way to be functional and emotionally confident with. There is constant risk, a lack of stability, and the necessary coddling of our egos as artists. Ultimately we ourselves or what we sweatily bleed out of ourselves are ‘the product’ on display and open for review. During my career as a dancer and choreographer, there were persistent physical injuries and tweaks to work through (everything from pulled muscles and torn tendons to spinal surgery), countless auditions to run to, stage works to prepare for, managers and agents to battle with, plus the fear of whether the next gig would present itself in a timely manner. My mind has ceaselessly been envisioning possible ways to bring forth the impossible, memorizing scripts, developing character backgrounds and mapping out choreography.
As an artist I feel incapable of turning off my brain from the work in front of me, let alone the future projects, endeavors, and ideas that pile up on my shoulders for the months, years, decades to come. Equally daunting, of course, are the survival responsibilities and financial obligations in the modern-day matrix we all live within. Most artists have a side gig to keep them going. Much to my satisfaction I have pulled from my intense, earlier years of training and performance to now in my later years be able to pass on this knowledge and expertise to ambitious young dancers. I continue to coach dancers privately and to teach ballet classes in Denver and Evergreen (www.TeresaAnneVolgenau.com).
Time in the dance studio not only gives me great joy and is my stabilizing bread-and-butter but also provides further inspiration to my canvases. Finally, as a visual artist I recognize not all viewers will immediately appreciate my personal visual style, yet I am compelled to continue to develop and express my visions and reach out to the souls that my work beckons.
TAVolgenau Art – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
While I happily continue to be a coach of classical ballet, my primary business is now selling original artworks, prints, and products that incorporate TAVolgenau images. I have labeled my genre of artwork “Contemporary Romance,” focusing on the human figure (in movement and in love), embraces, bold colors, and detailed embellishments. My aim is to bring beauty, intimacy, and wonder to the world. My pressing of boundaries with skin tones is partially an aesthetic choice, but is also a means to erase ethnicity as an identifier of the figure.
I am quite proud when I hear that my work is recognizable as my own. When individuals recognize TAVolgenau artworks by my style, use of color and subject matter before reading the title card or seeing my signature feels like a tremendous accomplishment.
The newest TAVolgenau Art installation “Besitos Romanticos” is currently on display at Beso de Arte (102 Market Street Morrison, Colorado).
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is ultimately the high that I feel when I produce something unique that I am proud of. Of course, I also have ambitions of my artwork being well received by others, to find a strong, receptive platform outside of my tiny art studio, and to always encourage my viewers to step closer and absorb.
- Original TAVolgenau acrylic paintings (framed / unframed). $450. – $5500.
- Micro-pen drawings “Goddesses of My Dancing Pen” matboarded and framed. $250.
- Small matboarded prints of orginal TAVolgenau paintings 8×10. $40.
- Small pillows, mugs, coaster tiles, tote bags with TAVolgenau original artworks. $20.- $55.
- Canvas replicas of TAVolgenau original paintings. $100.-$1500.
- Private Ballet training (www.TeresaAnneVolgenau.com) $80.hour / discount 10-pack
- Website: www.TAVolgenau.com
- Phone: 323.605.4401
- Email: TAVolgenau@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/volgenau_art
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tvolgenau
- Other: www.TeresaAnneVolgenau.com